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Answer: how-to strip empty HTML tags like b /b

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Q&A > regular expressions > how-to strip empty HTML tags like <b> </b> contributed by Hofmator

I'd also go with tachyon's suggestion of HTML Tidy, but if you are trying to do this quick and dirty somewhere in the middle of a script, I'd use this regex $text =~ s#<\s*([^>]*)\s*>[\s\n]*<\s*/\s*\1\s*>##ig;
It should remove any empty tags which don't contain any attributes (not just bold tags), so it works on

__DATA__ <i> </ I> < B ></b> < em> < / eM >

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